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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. fasten your seatbelt, the election is in the fast lane and with the conventions behind them, the nominees are on the campaign trail making their case to the mark in public. donald trump headed west for a town hall in colorado. claiming he is the best one for the white house. while fresh off her convention speech, hillary clinton was joined by her vice presidential pick in philadelphia before embarking on a bus trip. the bbc's north america editor jon sopel has more on mrs. clinton's big night. >> ladies and gentlemen, our next president, hillary clinton. jon: she spent a quarter of a century in public life, but no speech has mattered as much as this one. first, though, the historic formalities. ms. clinton: it is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in america's promise that i accept your nomination for president of
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the united states. jon: they cheered themselves hoarse. some cried as hillary clinton sought to reintroduce herself to the american public. it was personal but she set out detailed policies, too, some influenced by bernie sanders' insurgent campaign, so this on college fees. ms. clinton: bernie sanders and i will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and get free for -- debt-free for all. jon: she backed gun-control measures. ms. clinton: i am not here to take away your guns. i just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place. jon: and she promised to raise the minimum wage. ms. clinton: if you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage and no one working full-time should have to raise their children in poverty, join us.
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jon: but she also had a wider point to make about temperament and experience, why she was fit to be commander-in-chief and donald trump wasn't. ms. clinton: imagine him in the oval office facing a real crisis. a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons. jon: this has been an optimistic and upbeat vision of america presented by hillary clinton as the fireworks go off. a sharp contrast to the bleak and dark picture painted by donald trump last week. politics is normally conducted in shades of gray, but the difference between hillary clinton and donald trump is black and white. >> oh, my god! wow! >> oh, my god!
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whoa, history in the making! it's the chance of a lifetime to be here! i'm so thankful! >> we are excited for the first woman president. jon: what do you think of her? >> i like her. jon: if conventions and razzmatazz won elections, the democrats would be home and dry, but with donald trump in the fight, they don't. this race has a long way to go. jon sopel, bbc news, philadelphia. laura: a short time ago i discussed the conventions and where this election heads next , ah democratic strategist senior adviser to the 2008 clinton campaign, and a republican strategist who worked in the administration of george w. bush. if i could start with you, because the democrats have had
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not appealing based on ethnicity but here is how my progrowth strategy will make a difference. laura: isn't he shooting himself in the foot, alienating hispanic voters by talking about building the wall with mexico? >> i am not going to lie to you. i am a republican but he has said very offensive things on the campaign trail and it is almost like the donald trump reality show. laura: tell us how is hillary , clinton going to win in the rust belt states where she is campaigning today? >> i agree with the point about people who have not felt the recovery, as good as it has been, it has not reached everyone. you heard that line in her speech. she has put forward plans. one thing with hillary clinton, you are going to hear plans for what she is going to do and she will work to make the economy work for everyone with the job training and specific proposal that help people who have been struggling. in comparison, back to trump, the big card he plays is the businessman and i think that was a great job this week telling what kind of businessman he is
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, who rips people often walks over the little guy on the way to the top. laura: do you worry that she still has a problem with bernie sanders supporters? some are still ambivalent about her. what if they don't turn out? >> some are. what i have seen in the survey is that nine out of 10 say they will vote for her and we want all of them to participate in the election and vote. it is our job to show that the contrast couldn't be clearer. if you are progressive and want to make some progress, hillary clinton will work with you. and try to work on your agenda. forget it about donald trump. laura: republicans are not exactly unified. we saw that at the convention. how do you get it together between now and election day? >> sadly, the election will come down to republicans unifying to stop hillary clinton. donald trump talks about making america great again. there are a lot of people -- my former boss ohio governor john
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kasich didn't even go to the convention. laura: right, doesn't that show how difficult it will be to do it? >> i don't think so. once republicans coalesce over that donald trump is our nominee, like it or not, do you want four more years, eight more years of what we have seen with this administration? terrible job growth, and a lot of people think the country is going in the wrong direction, and the contrast in style. laura: how important will the debates be? >> oh, i think -- laura: huge, even. >> yeah, just the contrast will make for great television. but also, the stakes of the election are clear and we are in the doldrums of summer and vacation time but it is closer to decision time. i think we will get a pretty large audience atf the debates. i think that augurs well for hillary. laura: thank you so much for joining us with the analysis of the 100 days ahead. and of course we will have full coverage of this gripping u.s. presidential election on a website.
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go and take a look. in other news, the charity save the children says a maternity hospital it supports in a rebel-heldh car -- area of the province of idlib has been hit by next check. save the children told the bbc that the hospital works with more than 1500 people a month . the united states is to hang back to japan a parcel of land in okinawa currently used as a jungle training facility for american troops. the return of 4000 hectares comes amid unease over the continued presence of u.s. military on the island. opposition to u.s. forces was reignited this year following the arrest of a former u.s. marine for the rape and murder of a local woman. criminal charges have been filed against 6 state employees in michigan over the contamination drinking water in the city of flint. the employees at the state
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health and environmental departments are accused of misconduct in office, neglect him and conspiracy. residents were exposed to increased levels of lead after the city temporarily switched its water source from the municipal system to the flint river to save money. florida has confirmed that for the first time, homegrown mosquitoes have affected people with the zika virus. scott saysck that 2 sites were responsible but no one had to be ordered to hospital. he has ordered health officials to spray affected areas. scott: now that florida is the first state to have a local transmission likely through mosquito, we will put every resource available to fighting zika in our state. i'm directing the department of health to contract with commercial pest control companies to increase the spraying and abatement efforts in the impacted area. laura: from work my was joined a short time ago by laura baker. how concerned are u.s. officials
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about this happening here in the u.s. for the first time? mosquitoes infecting people? reporter: this was what we have been seeing for many months now. it is not unexpected. before, the main risk people going abroad and getting bitten by the mosquito and bringing it back. the main fear is you can get it in the backyard. it can cause a condition in pregnant women and babies known as microcephaly, a birth defect where babies are born with smaller heads. laura: and so how are pregnant women in florida going to be istected now that the risk very real? reporter: they are not arguing for a travel ban or women to move. what they are saying is to cover up and don't get bitten in the first place. that is the main concern. after that, they are saying make sure you stay in air-conditioning and fix all screens. but certainly, the centers for disease control and prevention do believe florida are well on top of it. they have been getting rid of
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stagnant water and they say that they hope they will not see more cases but they expect to see more. laura: is there the potential to have an outbreak of the size we are seeing in brazil? reporter: no, they don't think it will be that widespread. the reason for that is there is better sanitation in the united states and they have better mosquito controls. they don't believe it will be that widespread. but they are expecting to see more cases -- hotspots in florida, louisiana, and texas. in puerto rico, for instance, they have a real epidemic and a real problem with over 5000 people have been affected by mosquitoes locally. laura: thank you so much for joining us. hasish president erdogan announced he is withdrawing all lawsuits against people charged with insulting him. he also attacked the west over
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failing to show solidarity with the government. since the uprising two weeks ago, tens of thousands have been detained or dismissed, accused of supporting the alleged mastermind of a us-based muslim cleric. whocorrespondent reports on gulen is and why he is seen as such a threat. reporter: they call it rooting out the virus, a wave of arrests against the alleged coup plotters and those who backed that. tens of thousands suspended or detained. schools, media outlets, and companies closed down. all are accused of supporting gulen the exiled cleric who critics say mastermind of the coup. he has spread influence over decades and his followers were perfect turkish institutions. they say he is a peaceful scholar. critics call it a dangerous cult. structure aims to
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surround the state from within and take over. they are not militants but close themselves as teachers and businessmen. ists againsted gülen the secular military and other c-- st power during reporter erdogan's role. reporter: 100s of officers were tried years ago, gülen was thought to be behind it. his former naval captain spent 23 months in prison and believes it paved the way for the recent group.-- coup. >> they couldn't manage during these trials. put his followers -- once they gathered -- [indiscernible] were amonghe gülen turkey's best and now labeled breeding grounds for terrorism. a fifth column has to be
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removed, or a purge too far? the debate rages. the government says education will remove gülen's ideology. and even and ngos turkish airlines that have been detained or dismissed, prompting accusations that all opponents have been grouped together and rounded up. over 130 media outlets will be closed. many journalists facing arrest warrants have already fled. we tracked down one who says that the gülen never aimed to seize the state. i will not accept this infiltration. these are the citizens and they have every right to be in each and every institution of the turkish government. reporter: it's 2 weeks since our againstt united turks
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it and the aftermath has shaken every part of society. it could take a generation to recover. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." program,k on tonight's the conventions may be over but they certainly told us a lot about the state of american political parties. katty kay is on the streets of philadelphia with her take. kenya hasbeen -- been dealing with a wave of arson attacks. several have been arrested. we go to essential kenya, one of the worst -- central kenya, one of the worst affected regions. reporter: it is an almost daily occurrence in kenya. schools up in flames at an unprecedented rate. friday morning, 2 more schools were torched. the is a school in just latest school in central kenya to suffer arson attacks. a reminder of events in past
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days. this is the second dormitory to be burned down in this school in the space of just one week. the fires are believed to have been started around the corner at 7:00 at night. the fire raged on and firefighters quickly came in and together with students desperately try to save belongings. as you can see, there isn't much left of all personal belongings, and abetting several been destroyed. -- the beddings have been destroyed. teachers blame the government. teachers unions have threatened to go on a national strike if the government doesn't close schools immediately to tackle the crisis. the government has rejected the calls. >> there is no school that is going to be closed down. them,l deal with criminals and kooks, that are working on undermining the
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reforms that we have put in place and trying to blackmail government. the burning -- reporter: the burning of schools is not a new phenomenon in the country but the sheer scale has led to concerns about the uncertain future facing thousands of students. bbc news, central kenya. laura: pope francis has prayed for the more than one million victims of nazi persecution at the former arch with that cap -- auschwitz death camp in poland. he walked alone and in silence for meeting with holocaust survivors. from auschwitz, tom berridge reports. tom: to a place which exposes the inadequacy of words. where more than one million
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mainly jewish people were systematically murdered. pope francis spoke with some of the few who survived that horror. tom: and a moment to reflect at the wall where nazi firing squads executed thousands. then a prayer in a cell where a catholic priest volunteered to die instead of a stranger. before they were led to their deaths, human beings were locked up here like animals. silence was the response of the catholic church when nazi germany demonized jewish people and threaten to eradicate jews from europe. another visit by a pope reminds
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us about the evil perpetrated in these buildings. but questions remain for the catholic church about what it knew at the time of the nazi death camps and the systematic program of genocide across europe. a psalm signed by a priest from a polish village which sheltered jewish families. events here shamed humanity. a place every pope now visits. a pilgrimage of reparations. tom berridge, bbc news in auschwitz. laura: the pope reminds us to never forget what happened in auschwitz. as we saw the top of tonight's program, the balloons have fallen and the 2 major political parties have anointed the candidates for president. democrats and republicans
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stumbled of it during their gatherings in cleveland in philadelphia, with both camps trying to figure out how to manage former rivals and win over their supporters. katty kay has more on what the conventions say about the parties, the election, and the country. katty: the city of philadelphia has a claim on american democracy. it was in independence hall that the founding fathers adopted both the declaration of independence and the u.s. constitution. 2.5 centuries later, you have to wonder what those wise heads would've made of today's political chaos. >> can i just say to the bernie or bust people, you are being ridiculous. katty: democrats took over philadelphia with more sound and fury than peace and harmony. this was the week bernie sanders discovered you can create a political revolution but you can't always control it. scenes of party friction were broadcast around the country. as they were the week before the republican national convention,
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where loud boos sent former candidate ted cruz from the stage. a lot of republicans stayed away from the show in cleveland, reluctant even to be seen cavorting with donald trump. for the past four decades, american conventions have been tightly scripted, honestly rather boring events where no news ever happens. not this year. it just doesn't seem possible that it is a coincidence that republicans and democrats should experience political meltdown at the same time. there is a famous bell in the heart of philadelphia that was brought here in 1752. the leaders of the 2 established parties would do well to reread the words engraved on it -- "proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." that is exactly what happened in cleveland and in philadelphia this hot summer. the recalcitrant political rabble on the left and the right demanded the freedom to be heard. they wanted liberty from existing autocratic political structures, structures they see
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as corrupt and unresponsive. how we got here to the fracturing of america's political parties is a long tale of economic globalization and political dysfunction. it is the tale of policymakers who failed to protect those left behind by the forces of immigration and free trade. as they race to the white house, both parties will try to paper over the cracks and show unity. but don't be fooled. unity is just a heat-fueled mirage, as we learned in cleveland and philadelphia. laura: katty care reporting their -- katty kay reporting there from philadelphia. tomorrow works 100 days until the u.s. election and many twists and turns ahead in this gripping contest. that brings today's broadcasto a close. you can find much more on the gripping election and the days
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news on our website. to reach me and most of the bbc team, go to twitter or facebook. from all of us here at "world news america," thanks for watching. have a great weekend. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here, in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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